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Jamestown Public Works Committee approves list for road projects

The Public Works Committee unanimously recommended approval on plans and specifications for the roof removal and replacement of the Jamestown Civic Center.

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The Jamestown Public Works Committee unanimously recommended approval Thursday, Nov. 18, the 2022-2025 North Dakota Department of Transportation Urban Road and Urban Regional State Transportation Improvement Program list.

Every year, the city of Jamestown is required to submit a state transportation improvement plan of the city’s list of projects to the NDDOT, said Travis Dillman, city engineer.

The top project on the list for regional roads is on U.S. Highway 52 by Business Loop West from the bridge of the James River west to the area of Dairy Queen and Wilhelm Chevrolet Buick GMC. The total cost of the project is more than $3.26 million with no cost to the city of Jamestown and could be constructed in 2024.

“We would like to completely reconstruct that area, bring the curb and gutter in and allow sidewalks for better pedestrian traffic on both sides and then really try to identify ways that we can get pedestrian traffic from the north side to the south side and vice versa,” he said.

The second project on the list for regional roads is on Highway 52 in the area of Business Loop West by Wilhelm and Dairy Queen up to 17th Street Southwest. The total cost of the project is more than $1.33 million with no cost to the city of Jamestown

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“This is the area that last summer we did some patching but there is a lot of concrete swelling going on and the DOT themselves are actually working on those plans right now,” he said. “It is a CPR being concrete pavement repairs. They are working on that and that is supposed to be constructed in 2022.”

The top project for urban roads is on 12th Avenue Southeast from Third Street to Sixth Street Southeast for construction or reconstruction and could be constructed in 2022. The project cost is over $1.36 million with more than $1.1 million being from the city’s portion of federal allocation. The local share of $260,00 is a cost the city has to come up with outside its federal allocation.

“We left it on there, but of course that is the one being designed right now,” Dillman said.

The Public Works Committee unanimously recommended approval on plans and specifications for the roof removal and replacement of the Jamestown Civic Center.

Dillman said the project would not normally need to be approved until February or March.

“The insulation that we use on the top and of course the roofing membrane, there are so many manufacturing problems with that and delays in getting it to the market, we want to do it sooner than later,” he said. “Some of those are saying it could easily be 4 to 6 months by the time we place the order until it is actually been delivered on site. Sooner we can get this out to bid the better.”

The Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee unanimously recommended approval of the franchise agreements for a proposed nonexclusive franchise in the city with Midcontinent Communications, Dakota Central and Cable Services Inc. for the right to construct, maintain and operate a telecommunication system for use in the city.

Abbagail Geroux, assistant city attorney, said the only item that is different in the three franchise agreements, which are for five years, is for Midcontinent Communications because the company currently does not have infrastructure in the city of Jamestown.

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“They would have three years in order to get their infrastructure in place,” she said.

The Finance and Legal Committee unanimously recommended approval to follow the city assessor’s advice to deny the 2021 abatement application for MBS Storage LLC on a property located at 2613 U.S. Highway 281 S and to forward the request to Stutsman County.

MBS Storage is requesting a reduction of more than $311,000 in valuation from nearly $637,000 to $325,000. MBS Storage purchased the property located immediately to the east of the Super 8 and Econolodge hotels for $325,000 in June.

All items approved will need final approval from the City Council at its next meeting on Monday, Dec. 6.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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